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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50212869
  • Date: 29 June 2009
  • Public Authority: Cardiff University
  • Summary: The complainant requested the results of 2007/08 LLB Law Year 1 examinations in a particular format. Cardiff University (the University) provided the results for each module in descending order. The University withheld information in the format requested by the complainant under section 40(2). During the complaint, the complainant stated that the reason for his request was to determine his overall ranking in his class. The University stated that information relating to the complainant’s overall ranking constituted his personal data and was exempt by virtue of section 40(1) but confirmed that it could provide this information via a subject access request under section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the DPA) and payment of the relevant fee. The Commissioner’s decision is that the public authority applied the Act appropriately in withholding the examination results by virtue of the exemption at section 40(2). The Commissioner also concluded that the complainant’s overall ranking was exempt under section 40(1) and would need to be requested under section 7 of the DPA. The Commissioner does not require the public authority to take any steps in relation to the complainant’s request.
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